According to the, L.J. Smith will be penning three new books in her Vampire Diaries series. While The Return is focused mainly on Damon, it looks like the new books – which will be prequels to the original series – are going to be all about Stefan, bearing the title Stefan’s Diaries.

Edit: It seems that Stefan’s Diaries is a mysterious TV series tie-in that includes L.J. Smith, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec in the credits.

This is, however, not good news for Night World fans still waiting for the publication of Strange Fate. L.J. Smith posted on her blog that the new Vampire Diaries books will be taking priority of the final installment of the Night World series. Given The Return trilogy has been in the works for a couple of years now, it’s difficult to estimate how long it will take for the new books to be written and for Ms Smith to start working again on Strange Fate. Hang in there, though, Night World fans. We’ve survived for a decade waiting, we can survive a little longer, right?DI